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Curriculum Vision and Rationale

The Curriculum at Prince William School

 

The Vision behind Prince William School’s Curriculum

Learning for Life

The vision for Prince William School is to raise the aspirations of our students by nurturing a passion for learning, enriching their learning experiences, providing the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in adult life, and enabling them to secure outcomes which exceed their expectations.

We want to create confident, resilient and well-rounded adults who have an aspiration for self-improvement and are able to compete equally with their peers in a world beyond school life.  We aim to provide an education which prepares students for the adult world of work not only by enabling them to attain qualifications which allow them to follow their career aspirations successfully, but which also equips them with an aptitude for life-long learning.  We recognise that they will need to be able to continue to learn new skills and acquire new knowledge throughout their working lives.  Additionally, we aim to foster a love of learning that will remain with the students for the rest of their lives.  Learning is for life: life-changing, life-enriching, and life-long.

We aim to ensure that the curriculum at Prince William School is accessible to all, but also offers challenge and enrichment.  Our curriculum offer in KS4 and KS5 is broad, meeting the needs of students of a variety of abilities and career aspirations.  Within this locality, we are the only provider to offer Y7 – 13 education which includes a mixture of level 1 and level 2 courses at KS4 and a blend of A levels and BTECs at KS5.  At KS3 we deliver a wide range of subjects throughout years 7 – 9, following the National Curriculum, to ensure students have a rich, broad and balanced education. 

We commit supporting the development of key Employability Skills across all subjects; skills which are transferrable and are essential to success:

Scholarship skills  
Literacy SPAG, essay construction, purpose & audience, comprehension, interpreting, vocabulary, articulation, debate, argue, support, inform, justify.
Numeracy and IT Calculation,  statistics, tables and data display, using and rearranging formulae, accurate measuring and drawing, scale, ICT office skills.
Research Using dictionaries, using search engines, gathering information, skim, scan, select, reduce, summarise.
Analysis Recognise bias, question, compare and contrast, probe, infer, deduce, justify, criticise, evaluate.
Creativity Creative thinking, artistic expression, problem-solving, logical thinking, design solutions, tactics.
Character skills  
Leadership Collaborating, making decisions,  accepting responsibility, acquiring respect.
Organisation Time-management, being equipped, working with others effectively.
Resilience Commitment, positivity, perseverance, flexibility, working under pressure.
Initiative Independence, confidence, problem-solving, self-management.
Communication Effective communication in a wide range of situations.

 

By combining our ambitious curriculum offer with our determination to support all students to develop these skills to the best of their abilities, we anticipate all our students will  

  • enjoy an excellent level of well-being;
  • develop a passion for lifelong learning;
  • develop a sense of community responsibility;
  • attain the best qualifications they can;
  • develop into independent learners who are robust and resilient in their outlook on life.

 

The Rational behind the Courses and Curriculum Offer

Labour Market Employment Routes and the Curriculum

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills produced a “Working Futures” report which predicts that the majority of the future net increases of jobs up to 2024 within the SEMLEP area (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) will require attainment/training/skills acquisition at Levels 2,3 and 6. Over 65% of jobs will require a Level 4 qualification or over.

Within the SEMLEP area their model projects that there will be substantial jobs expansion demand over the period to 2024 particularly in the higher qualified jobs such as managers, business, science, engineering as well as caring professions.

The top 10 growing sectors in this area are predicted to be:

  • Caring personal service occupations;
  • Elementary administrative and service occupations;
  • Corporate managers and directors;
  • Business and public service associate professionals;
  • Administration occupation;
  • Business, media and public service professionals;
  • Science, research, engineering and technology professionals;
  • Sales occupation;
  • Transport and mobile machine drivers and operatives;
  • Health professionals.

Within the East Midlands the top three sectors by turnover growth and employment growth are:

  • Property and Construction;
  • Business Support Services;
  • Retail and Leisure.

At Prince William we do not have the facilities to offer courses involving construction or transport, but we do aim to offer courses relevant to all the other employment sectors listed above.

Student Voice

We have spoken to our students in KS3 and KS4 about the curriculum offer at KS4 and KS5. Students were given opportunities to comment on the curriculum offer and suggest courses that may have some benefit to their futures.

KS3 students asked for courses in Engineering, Photography, Health & Social Care, and BTEC Performing Arts to be offered at KS4.  Some were also concerned about having to study a full range of GCSE courses and wanted alternatives that would support their learning in other subjects.

Our KS4 students asked for more BTEC courses to be offered to complement the A level offer and enable them to blend BTEC and A level qualifications if they wanted to, and some wanted some Level 2 course to be available.

As a result of this research into the national and local labour market as well as our own students’ views and career aspirations, we have devised our current offer and aim to develop it further over the next two years, as set out below.

 

The Curriculum Offer at Prince William School

KS5 Curriculum

The Sixth Form curriculum offer made to students in the Autumn Term 2018 ready for delivery from September 2019 was as follows:

Applied Science L3 BTEC
Art A level
Biology A level
Business Studies A level
Chemistry A level
Computing Science A level
Core Maths L3
Dance A level
Drama A level
Economics A level
Engineering L3 BTEC
English Lit/Lang A level
English Literature A level
EPQ A level
Food Science and Nutrition L3 BTEC
French A level
Further Mathematics A level
Geography A level
Health an Social Care L3 BTEC
History A level
ICT L3 BTEC
Mathematics A level
Music A level
PE L3 BTEC
Performing Arts L3 BTEC
Physics A level
Politics A level
Product Design A level
Psychology A level
Religious Education A level
Sociology A level
Spanish A level
Textiles A level
Re-sit English and Maths GCSE

 

In addition to this we are currently working on devising a L2 curriculum offer for the Sixth Form with a focus on work experience, ASDAN-based modules and the following BTEC qualifications:

  • Public Service
  • Engineering
  • Early Years
  • Health and Social Care
  • Sports Leadership.

Study Pathways

This offer may be viewed in terms of study pathways or groups of subjects, and the table below demonstrates this.

These study pathways aim to inspire and suggest, but students may devise a personalised pathway, taking into account their individual needs and circumstances, by combining subjects in other ways, as appropriate and within the confines of the blocking system.

This table includes our proposed future developments (courses in italics) in order to respond to the aspirations of our current our KS3 and year 10 students.

Pathway Subject Qualification Link to Labour Market in East Northants
Science Applied Science BTEC L3
  • Caring Personal Services Occupations
  • Corporate Managers and Directors
  • Business and Public Service Associate Professionals
  • Administration Occupations
  • Science Research Engineering and Technology Professionals
  • Health Professionals
  • Property and Construction
Biology A Level
Chemistry A Level
Computer Science A Level
Core Maths L3
Criminology BTEC L3
Engineering BTEC L3
Engineering BTEC L2
EPQ L3
Further Maths A Level
Geography A Level
Information Technology BTEC L3
Maths A Level
Physics A Level
Sport BTEC L3
Humanities Psychology A Level
  • Caring Personal Services Occupations
  • Elementary Administrative and Service Occupations
  • Corporate Managers and Directors
  • Business and Public Service Associate Professionals
  • Administration Occupations
  • Business Media and Public Service Professionals
  • Sales Occupations
  • Health Professionals
English Literature/Language A Level
EPQ L3
French A Level
Geography A Level
History A Level
Law A Level
Performing Arts BTEC L3
Politics A Level
Religion, Philosophy & Ethics A Level
Sociology A Level
Spanish A Level
Business Management Business Studies A Level
  • Elementary Administrative and Service Occupations
  • Corporate Managers and Directors
  • Business and Public Service Associate Professionals
  • Administration Occupations
  • Business Media and Public Service Professionals
  • Sales Occupations                                                                             Property and Constructions
  • Business Support Services
  • Retail and Leisure
Business Studies BTEC L3
Computer Science A Level
Economics A Level
English Lang & Lit A Level
EPQ L3
Geography A Level
Information Technology BTEC L3
Modern Foreign Lang A Level
Product Design A Level
Sport BTEC L3
Creative & Communication Art A Level
  • Caring Personal Service Occupations
  • Administration Occupations
  • Business Media and Public Service Professionals
  • Sales Occupations
  • Retail and Leisure
Dance A Level
Drama A Level
English Lang & Lit A Level
English Lit A Level
EPQ L3
Fashion and Textiles A Level
French A Level
Media Studies BTEC L3
Music A Level
Performing Arts BTEC
Photography BTEC L3
Physical Education BTEC L3
Product Design A Level
Spanish A Level
Social Sciences Health & Social Care BTEC L3
  • Caring Personal Service Occupations
  • Elementary Administrative and Service Occupations
  • Health Professionals
  • Retail and Leisure
Criminology BTEC L3
Early Years BTEC L2
Economics A Level
Food Science & Nutrition L3
Geography A Level
Health & Social Care BTEC L2
History A Level
Physical Education BTEC L2
Politics A Level
Psychology A Level
Public Services BTEC L2
Sociology A Level
Sports Leaders BTEC L2

 

KS4 CURRICULUM

The KS4 curriculum is made up of two elements, the Core (which all students study) and the Options (from which students choose 4 subjects). 

Core
English Lit English Lang Maths
Science PE RE
PSHE    

 

Options
Art ASDAN Business Studies
Computer Science Dance Design
Drama Enterprise & Marketing Food & Nutrition
French Geography History
Music Music Technology PE
Religious Studies Sociology Short Courses
Spanish Support  

 

KS3 CURRICULUM

All students follow a broad and balanced curriculum throughout their KS3 programmes of study. The curriculum offered at KS3 builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills taught at primary school and prepares them for a range of courses at KS4.

The timetable is based on a 50 period 2 week cycle with each period one hour in length. Allocation of teaching time for KS3 subjects across the fortnight is:

English = 8 hrs History = 4 hrs Art/Design/Food = 1 hr each PE = 4 hrs
Maths = 8 hrs Geography = 4 hrs Dance/Drama/Music = 1 hr each Computer Science = 2 hrs
Science = 8 hrs RE = 2 hrs MFL = 4 hrs PSHE = 1 hr

 

Tutor lessons

It is recognised that it is important for the school day to start with purposeful, structured time which establishes the expectation of students working hard throughout the school day.   Tutor lessons, therefore, are designed to complement the curriculum by providing structured work which provides opportunities to explore social and moral issues, nurture a broader cultural and spiritual understanding, and develop character skills.   

All year groups will have one assembly and one LORIC session per week in their tutor time.  The LORIC resources aim to develop the Character Skills of Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative, & Communication, but will also incorporate health and wellbeing, careers & future options, e-safety, speaking and listening skills and the importance of community cohesion.  In Y7 – 10 the three other session each week will be Newsround (website), Form time ideas.com (website),  and silent reading/admin.  In Y11 the three other sessions are focussed on the students’ weakest subject, and in Y12 &13 the three other sessions are used for work and mentoring.

 

CURRICULUM PATHWAYS AT PRINCE WILLIAM SCHOOL

The curriculum at Prince William School supports the education and employment routes our students need by providing a curriculum offer from KS3 through to KS5 with a variety of pathways. Because we have consulted our students and investigated the labour market, we feel that our curriculum supports our students to develop the key skills and foundations for learning that they need whilst also providing an inclusive but exciting variety of qualifications.  This, combined with our SMSC, CEIAG, and other opportunities such as work experience,  provides students with  a complete and balanced education.

Post 16

Pathway 1 Pathway 2 Pathway 3 Pathway 4
APS 4.0 – 4.7 4.7 – 5.4 5.5+ 6.0+
BTEC Courses + work experience/EPQ 2 BTECs + 1 A level 3 A Levels 4 A Levels

 

KS4

Pathway 1 Pathway 2 Pathway 3 Pathway 4

KS2 Prior Ability

80.00 – 93.00

KS2 Prior Ability

93.01 – 99.33

KS2 Prior Ability

99.34 – 110.99

KS2 Prior Ability

111.00+

List A – choose one from:

ASDAN

Short Course

Support

List A – choose one from:

French

Geography

History

German

List A – choose one from:

Computer Science

French

Geography

History

German

List A – choose one from:

Computer Science

French

Geography

History

German

List B:

Support + 3 options from the option list below

List B:

4 options

Students will follow the Science Core programme

List B

4 options

Students will follow the Triple Science programme

List B

4 options

Students will follow the Triple Science programme and may access enrichment in various subjects through the OPEN Partnership

 

*Students on pathway 4 are encouraged to consider taking one MFL and either History or Geography in order to be able to achieve the English Baccalaureate.

Option List B:

Art: GCSE ASDAN: Level 1/2 Business Studies: GCSE Computer Science: GCSE
Dance: GCSE Design: GCSE Drama: GCSE Enterprise and Marketing: L2 Cambridge Nationals
Food and Nutrition: GCSE French: GCSE Geography: GCSE German: GCSE
Health and Social Care: BTEC History: GCSE Information Technology: BTEC Music: GCSE
Music Technology: BTEC Performing Arts: BTEC PE: BTEC Religious Studies: GCSE

Sociology: GCSE

Support Work Related/PSHE short courses L1  

 

KS3

Pathways at KS3 are determined by the school’s setting.  A typical plan for each year group is based on the following curriculum diagram:

SET Subjects
1 En x 8 Hi x 4 Gg x 4 Re x 2 Pd x 1 Ma x 8 Sc x 8 Cs x 2 Ar x 1 Da x 1 Dr x 1 Mu x 1 Td x 1 Tf x 1 Pe x 4 Sp x 3
2 En x 8 Hi x 4 Gg x 4 Re x 2 Pd x 1 Ma x 8 Sc x 8 Cs x 2 Ar x 1 Da x 1 Dr x 1 Mu x 1 Td x 1 Tf x 1 Pe x 4 Sp x 3
3 En x 8 Hi x 4 Gg x 4 Re x 2 Pd x 1 Ma x 8 Sc x 8 Cs x 2 Ar x 1 Da x 1 Dr x 1 Mu x 1 Td x 1 Tf x 1 Pe x 4 Sp x 3
4 En x 8 Hi x 4 Gg x 4 Re x 2 Pd x 1 Ma x 8 Sc x 8 Cs x 2 Ar x 1 Da x 1 Dr x 1 Mu x 1 Td x 1 Tf x 1 Pe x 4 Sp x 3
5 En x 8 Hi x 4 Gg x 4 Re x 2 Pd x 1 Ma x 8 Sc x 8 Cs x 2 Ar x 1 Da x 1 Dr x 1 Mu x 1 Td x 1 Tf x 1 Pe x 4 Sp x 3
6 En x 8 Hi x 4 Gg x 4 Re x 2 Pd x 1 Ma x 8 Sc x 8 Cs x 2 Ar x 1 Da x 1 Dr x 1 Mu x 1 Td x 1 Tf x 1 Pe x 4 Fr x 3
7 En x 8 Hi x 4 Gg x 4 Re x 2 Pd x 1 Ma x 8 Sc x 8 Cs x 2 Ar x 1 Da x 1 Dr x 1 Mu x 1 Td x 1 Tf x 1 Pe x 4 Fr x 3
8 En x 8 Hi x 4 Gg x 4 Re x 2 Pd x 1 Ma x 8 Sc x 8 Cs x 2 Ar x 1 Da x 1 Dr x 1 Mu x 1 Td x 1 Tf x 1 Pe x 4 Fr x 3
                  Ar x 1 Da x 1 Dr x 1 Mu x 1 Td x 1 Tf x 1 Pe x 4 Fr x 3

 

Pathway 1 Pathway 2 Pathway 3 Pathway 4
Lower Ability Low / Middle Ability Middle / High Ability High Ability
Students will be placed in sets 7 and 8 Students will be placed in sets 5-6 Students will be placed in sets 3-4 Students will be placed in sets 1-2

Where appropriate some students will be supported in class with a TA.

Some students will receive Literacy and Numeracy support instead of MFL

Some students will receive Literacy and Numeracy support instead of MFL   If appropriate some students may be entered for additional GCSEs

 

There is also a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities available to students.  Please click here for current details.

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